g. Depression. Depression has been discussed earlier in this lesson, but it is
important to remember that depression is the single most outstanding characteristic of
individuals who attempt suicide and suicide victims. Refer to paragraphs 2-3a through
2-3d for information on depression.
h. Potential Suicides. People most at risk as potential suicides include
individuals who have:
Made a previous attempt to commit suicide.
A family history of suicide. (Suicide does not, however, run in the
Lost a friend recently through suicide.
Been involved with drugs or alcohol.
Alcoholics in the family.
i. Psychosocial Symptoms of Potential Suicide. Most people who commit
suicide give clues that they are experiencing serious difficulties. Some of these clues
are related to human emotions and a change in the life-pattern of the person. Many of
these symptoms are caused by stress due to some current situation. Remember that a
substance abuser may exhibit some of these same symptoms. The symptoms are:
Feels low, sad, gloomy.
(b) Expresses self-reproach, self-depreciation.
Tearfulness and/or trembling.
(2) Change in appearance. Changes in appearance may indicate a
person's mood and self-image.
Neglect of hair and/or personal hygiene.
Lack of concern for dress.
Bodily movement slowed, decrease in gestures, stooped and bent